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Beresford Man Sentenced on Possession of Child Pornography Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Beresford, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schrier.

Michael Jerry Harrison, age 28, was sentenced to 63 months in custody.  He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Harrison was indicted for distribution and receipt of child pornography by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2016.  He pled guilty on March 31, 2017.

Between May 7 and July 15, 2015, Harrison used his cell phone to possess images and videos of child pornography.  Using the app “KIK Messenger” Harrison downloaded files of child pornography into his Dropbox account on the internet. Some of the images included prepubescent minors. Authorities discovered Harrison’s involvement after they apprehended another individual in Arizona that Harrison had shared files with on KIK Messenger.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Michael Jerry Harrison was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated November 9, 2017

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